Provides Real-Time Weather, Flight Data
Aero-News has learned Alaskan air traffic controllers are
now using integrated weather briefing and flight planning
technology developed by Harris Corporation to assist General
Aviation pilots with flight planning. The system is operational at
17 Flight Service Stations and Automated Flight Service Stations
across the state.
The announcement was made at the 52nd Annual Air Traffic Control
Association (ATCA) Conference and Exposition being held October
28-31, 2007, at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington,
The Harris Operational and Supportability Implementation System
(OASIS) integrates real-time weather and flight planning data
through a PC-based system that overlays flight routes onto
up-to-the-minute weather graphics and processes and displays
alphanumeric weather and flight data. The system processes "Notice
to Airmen" messages and supplies current radar, satellite imagery,
and lightning data. OASIS also provides transmission and receipt of
messages to support Search and Rescue operations.
"OASIS provides the types of real-time information that are
critical to general aviation pilots in their flight planning
activities," said Cheryl Janey, president of Harris Civil Programs.
"The quick implementation of the Alaska OASIS system within a
six-month period reflects the strong cooperation between the Harris
team and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)."
Harris has a long history of developing and integrating system
solutions for the FAA in support of the National Airspace System.
The company is the prime contractor for the FAA Telecommunications
Infrastructure program, which is providing improved network
security and communications services to more than 4,000 FAA
facilities nationwide, providing the FAA with a more secure and
efficient network that is expected to save $600 million over the
life of the program.
Other FAA programs developed
by Harris include the Weather And Radar Processor, a weather system
serving the en-route air traffic control environment; the Voice
Switching and Control System, which provides critical air-to-ground
communications links between en-route aircraft and air traffic
controllers throughout the continental United States; and the
satellite-based Alaskan NAS Interfacility Communications
The Harris Civil Programs business provides precise, highly
reliable, high-speed communications and information networks that
improve productivity and information processing for federal
agencies of the US government, including the FAA, Census Bureau,
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of
Justice, and Government Printing Office.